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  1. I built a Ryzen based system with 3x4tb drives and an 512nvme. 1 parity and 2 data disks with the NVME being a cache drive. I originally used an older 16gb Patriot USB drive I had and got everything setup. Everything was running fine for 12 hours but then when I went to use the Unraid NAS, the keyboard/mouse would not work. Trying to access via a browser on another pc and it wouldnt load. The clock on the GUI was updating, so I do not think it was completely frozen. I decided to hard reboot it without gracefully shutting down. When I tried to load it again, I got a unraid kernel panic not syncing vfs. Note: I am using a KVM and had switched back to the input for the Unraid server when the web interface stopped responding. Being as how the usb drive was old and stuck out too much, I bought a SanDisk 32GB Cruzer Fit USB 2.0 Flash Drive I used the USB creator tool in windows to create a new boot usb. However, when attempting to boot I got a no bootable device error. I created it again this time allowing UEFI boot in the usb creator. Again same error when selecting USB as the boot device. Selecting UEFI does get me to the Unraid boot selector. If I select GUI, I get a bunch of the startup text and then eventually get a blinking cursor. I can actually hit the server from a web browser, but the GUI never loads on the actual server. If I select no GUI in the options, I do get to the command prompt to login and that seems to work. I did select USB as the first boot device and disabled all other boot options. I also can press f11 on my bios startup to select a boot drive. This is how I tried the booting differences between USB and UEFI USB. I tried using the USB creator in Administrative mode on Windows and that didnt seem to fix anything. I have tried different ports. While I can get the Unraid server working and use the web browser on a different computer, I am concerned about the stability given all these quirks. Thankfully I have no data on these drives yet, but it is getting old having to rebuild the array and parity drive. What do you think is going on with these boot drives?
  2. I decided to go with the Ryzen and use the old case that Phenom II was in since I wanted to use the 3x3.5 hard drive cage I bought. I didnt have another cpu cooler other than the AIO for the Ryzen and I wanted to reuse as many parts as possible. My old Silverstone case doesnt have a radiator mount. I improvised and mounted it on the side and had to modify the case to make it work. Here is my finish build: I also forgot to remove the NVME drive and its on the underside of the board so its now staying lol.
  3. Hello Everyone. I am building my first NAS using Unraid. My use case is to have a place to backup data from my computers, phones (pictures, videos, sms ect), OS snapshots, and to possibly run Home Assistant and other items in either docker or a VM. Originally the idea was to only use extra parts/systems I had on hand. That included extra hard drives but after getting a bunch of reallocated sectors on one of my 2tb drive and the other ones being very old 1Tb, I decided to buy 3 x 4tb HGST MegaScale DC 4000.B HMS5C4040BLE640. According to BackBlaze hard drive stats, was one of the better ones in terms of failure rates. I will run 1 as a parity and 2 as storage. I will then take my other good 2tb, pop it into an external hard drive enclosure and use it to backup as well. Here is my dilemma. I have two extra computers sitting around and I am trying to decide which to use. 1) My old Unix Ubuntu machine which I used to download and stream videos via Plex. I dont use Plex anymore so its been sitting for awhile. The specs are: AMD Phenom II X945 quad core GA-880GMA-UD2H 8gb of ram Quiet low profile CPU fan I originally planned to use this for Unraid. This is where my original install last night went to. I have been monitoring power consumption and graphing via a smart switch and Hubitat home automation platform. It uses around 115w. At 12c a kilowatt hour, running 24/7, that is $120.888 a year roughly. I could probably undervolt the cpu to save some, but not sure it is worth it. 2) My cabin mini gaming computer. We have a cabin we spent a lot of time at this year due to a house flood and the kids being out of school due to COVID. I decided to use a left over Radeon 1600x and Radeon Vega 56 from my gaming pc that I had sitting around and built a small form factor gaming pc to keep up there. While it was fun building and a good idea in concept, the fact is we dont spend enough time there now that the kids are back in school and the house fixed to justify keeping it there. When I am there now, its all family time. I also have a gaming laptop which does well enough if I need to game up there. After seeing the sky rocket prices of used graphics cards, I have decided to sell the Vega 56. They go for around $500+ on ebay at the moment. I installed a Radeon 3450 (ooollldddd) card I had around for video and to test power consumption. I get around 55w and around $57.816 a year to run. Here are the left over specs: Ryzen 1600x CPU Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac motherboard B450 Gaming-ITXac/ Corsair AIO 1tb nvme m.2 1tb 2.5 ssd So the problem is, do I use the Phenom II system which is probably more than enough compute power for my use case, but is old and not nearly as energy efficient? Or do I strip down the 1600x system, use the m.2 drive in an external enclosure for convenient portable storage, and use the 2.5 ssd as a cache drive in the Unraid setup? I dont have any other use for the 1600x system so I would probably sell it and hope to get around $500 or so for that as well. But, the 1600x is much newer and more power efficient. I could even swap out the Ryzen 1600x for a lower power APU and drop the crappy video card as well. But, it feels like the 1600x with 16gb of ram is waayyy more than I need for a simple fiel server and backup solution. Thoughts?